Photograph postcard depicting a shipment of butter produced by Farmers Cooperative Creamery in Milaca, c.1915.

Shipping butter to the eastern markets, Farmers Cooperative Creamery, Milaca

Photograph postcard depicting a shipment of butter produced by Farmers Cooperative Creamery in Milaca, c.1915. Minnesota farmers expected to produce goods for a market, and came to use cooperatives like this one to control the prices they received for their goods. Photograph by O. L. Palmquist.

Engraving of a bonanza farm, 1879.

Red River bonanza farm

Engraving of a bonanza farm printed in the November 1, 1879 edition of the Independent Farmer and Fireside Companion (page 174). The image celebrates the commercial possibilities of large-scale, mechanized, and systematized wheat farming in the Red River Valley.

Black and white photograph of J. H. Thomas, head of the Grange in Young America, 1873.

J. H. Thomas, head of the Grange in Young America

J. H. Thomas, head of the Grange in Young America, 1873.

Patrons of Husbandry Badge, 1867.

Patrons of Husbandry Badge

Patrons of Husbandry Badge, 1867.

Black and white photograph of a State Grange meeting at Northfield. Taken by Edward Newell James, c.1875.

State Grange meeting at Northfield

State Grange meeting at Northfield, c.1875. Photograph by Edward Newell James.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Chaska pickling factory showing the vats used to brine the pickles, undated.

Gedney Pickle Plant

A side view of the exterior of the Chaska pickling factory showing the vats used to brine the pickles, undated.

Gedney Foods Company

The official source of "the Minnesota Pickle" and creators of the State Fair pickle line, Gedney Foods is an iconic Minnesota company, with products distributed throughout the Midwest. Founded in 1880, Gedney continues to grow one of the more successful pickle brands in the United States.

Color image of the Jefferson Grain Warehouse, Houston County, c.1994.

Jefferson Grain Warehouse

Jefferson Grain Warehouse, Houston County, c.1994.

Jefferson Grain Warehouse

In 1868 the grain trade in Minnesota was growing, but few railroads existed in the state. Steamboats were the supreme mode of transportation. William Robinson built a grain warehouse on the banks of the Mississippi to take advantage of the steamboat traffic. Shortly afterward the town of Jefferson was plotted. In a few years, however, the railroad came through, and a larger town was platted to the south. The Jefferson Grain Warehouse quickly became obsolete.

Black and white photograph of Lewis Merrill in the apple orchard on the Merrill's property, 1898.

Lewis Merrill in apple orchard, Hutchinson

Lewis Merrill in the apple orchard on the Merrill's property, 1898.

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